Francis O’Neill is a Manchester born artist who lives in Oxford. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2000. In 2003 he won a scholarship from the Salford Sports and Arts Trust before becoming Artist in Residence, first at Chenderit School in Banbury in 2003-4, and then at St.Mary’s School in Wantage in 2004-05 where he became Figure Drawing Tutor. The success of these residencies led to Francis writing and presenting the television pilot “What’s so great about Turner?” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kaew7lyhUI8).
In 2006 Francis won a worldwide award for figure painting from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
In 2008 Francis’s successful independent one man exhibition, ‘The Binsey Collection’ also saw the launch of his gift book ‘The Stick Man’s Guide to Life and Art’ which has now sold 1000 copies. In 2009 Francis joined the Magdalen Road Studios group, also in Oxford, from where he works and teaches.
Francis has visited major art collections in Europe as well as many others around the world.
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